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It was conceived by the Venezuelan revolutionary Francisco de Miranda as a reference to all the New World, but especially to those portions under Spanish rule (by then from Mississippi river to Patagonia).The name was later adopted by the Republic of Colombia of 1819, formed from the territories of the old Viceroyalty of New Granada (modern-day Colombia, Panama, Venezuela, Ecuador, and northwest Brazil).In August 1538, he founded provisionally its capital near the Muisca cacicazgo of Bacatá, and named it "Santa Fe".The name soon acquired a suffix and was called Santa Fe de Bogotá.When Venezuela, Ecuador and Cundinamarca came to exist as independent states, the former Department of Cundinamarca adopted the name "Republic of New Granada".New Granada officially changed its name in 1858 to the Granadine Confederation.At Puerto Hormiga and other sites, traces from the Archaic Period (~8000–2000 BCE) have been found.Vestiges indicate that there was also early occupation in the regions of El Abra and Tequendama in Cundinamarca.
The Tairona inhabited northern Colombia in the isolated mountain range of Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.
Colombia is one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse countries in the world, and thereby possesses a rich cultural heritage.
The urban centres are mostly located in the highlands of the Andes mountains.
The oldest pottery discovered in the Americas, found at San Jacinto, dates to 5000–4000 BCE.
Indigenous people inhabited the territory that is now Colombia by 12,500 BCE.
is a sovereign state largely situated in the northwest of South America, with territories in Central America.